The Needle: Rabieng
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Rabieng
Address: 5892 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703-671-4222
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Lychee "dumplings"; chicken soup with galangal; shrimp-and-pork dumplings; fried catfish salad with chili and lime; roast pork in red curry; grilled half chicken with lemongrass; coconut-tapioca pudding.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

It’s rare that what’s in a curry is equal to the sauce, but the braised pork in red curry at this slyly elegant cafe is one of the exceptions. The lusciousness of the curry is amplified by the tender juiciness of the meat, sliced thick and shingled à la Sunday pot roast. If nothing else reaches such heights, the kitchen, with its devotion to country-style Thai, pumps out brightly flavored hits: wok-roasted cashews and hot peppers, excellent dumplings, a salad of Chinese sausage and marinated cucumbers, and a stir-fry of crispy catfish with leaves of thin and crunchy basil.

This review appeared in the August, 2008 issue of The Washingtonian.  

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